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quietearth [Celluloid 05.24.10] movie review comedy mystery

Year: 2009
Directors: Dan Eckman
Writers: Dan Eckman & D.C. Pierson & Donald Glover & Dominic Dierkes & Meggie McFadden
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Rating: 5 out of 10

Ever feel disappointed after hearing great buzz about a film? Well that's what Mystery Team is. It's not a scooby snack of childish deadpan humor but a childish take on humor itself. From time to time, the outside world intrudes in and our "team" is degraded or humiliated, but this just wasn't often enough. If they had made this the entire film, they would have had a winner.

Premise? Three friends have been "detectives" since they were young, solving neighborhood crimes of lost cats and fingers in pies, but they never grew up. Instead, they dress the same, they're in high school, and have the mentalities of a retard. Instead of driving, they ride their bikes and use kiddie walkie talkies for communication. One of them is the leader, one the "brain", and the other the "strongman". But there's more problems then their pubes not having come in yet, the strongman is a sissy and the brain is a half-wit like pinkie's sidekick. So when they get hired (for a dime) to solve a murder mystery, this crew is dead set on solving it, but they're way over their little heads.

So where's the problem? The humor. Deadpan childlike behavior may be cute to people who enjoy knock knock jokes and Hollywood films, but I'm well beyond laughing at garbage like this. I need something shocking, witty, or cruel, and this was none of the above. Seriously, with just a few minor edits we could get this thing a G rating.

You might be wondering why I'm still giving it a 5 out of 10 and that's because rare sh*t talking is pretty good. Other then that, there's not really much more to say about it. There's a mystery, a mystery team, and it's not worth the 1.5-2 hours (or whatever the runtime is) of your life. Skip it.

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Jonathan (12 years ago) Reply

It deserves a 10 out of 10. I went to a screening with the cast. They totally did the movie for thier own enjoyment. They only did it to fun other fun projects. I loved the this comedy. It's suppose to be liked for how stupid and outlandish it is.


pat (12 years ago) Reply

yea i agree. if u like derrick comedy's approach to comedy and slapstick you will love this. its brilliant. i totally loved it.

"man, sometimes i wish you didnt beat that cancer"

so harsh, dark and inappropriate at times :) (boy)genius.

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